Many of us NFL pundits have criticized what the Baltimore Ravens have done so far this off season. Yesterday they went out and redeemed themselves a bit. The Ravens traded a fourth round draft pick for WR Lee Evans. Evans will join Anquan Boldin, and rookie Torrey Smith in the Ravens WR corps, and QB Joe Flacco should be very happy about that. On the flip side Buffalo Bills fans should be pretty upset with this move, as their team gave up a pretty good receiver for essentially nothing. For the Bills this move reeks of a salary dump.
The Ravens, after a somewhat shaky preseason debut by Smith, needed a guy who could help stretch the field. Boldin is great over the middle but this team really needed a guy to help open up the offense. They tried several options last year that didn’t really pan out. Evans is their guy, but Smith has got to get a lot better or this team may need to make another move. Adding Evans for a fourth round pick is a great move by General Manger Ozzie Newsome.
The Bills on the other hand got rid of a guy who has produced pretty well, even with a very unstable QB situation in Buffalo. Evans was due to make 5 million dollars in each of the next two seasons. If this is a move to free up cash and launch a massive rebuild effort I like it, but if they are just looking to save money I really hate this move. Frankly I do not think they got enough for their former first round pick.